Excursion to Strasbourg
We moved to Strasbourg, the largest city of Alsace, for a daytrip in early September.
The beautiful historic center is an island (Grande Île), located between the two arms of River Ill and is – amongst others – home to
La Petit France
“Little France” – like “an island in an island” – is crossed by several channels of river Ill. On the islets can be found various restaurants, nice little shops and especially the well-preserved half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th century, which were inhabited by fishermen, millers and tanners formerly.
Locks are regulating the water level of river Ill to ensure the operation with boats.
A beautiful view at La Petit France is offered from
Terrasse Panoramique du Barrage Vauban
Maybe this viewpoint is the best way to see the Ponts Couverts (the “covered bridges”), an ensemble of 3 bridges and 4 towers – one landmark of Strasbourg.
The covers of the bridges had been removed 200 years ago, but the name has been preserved until today.
Other things to see:
Strasbourg Cathedral, Mansion Kammerzell and much more…
We made a stop on our way back home in the small city of
Wissembourg with its medieval center is located at river Lauter. The town offers nothing overly spectacular, but a total of calm and quiet atmosphere.
Do not miss the short walk through the “Schlupfgasse”. You will be rewarded with a more than idyllic view there.
Wissembourg is located about 70 km north of Strasbourg directly at the German-French border.